Calibrating air-blast sprayers

View 10 photosCamera Sanne Kure-Jensen  Sanne Kure-JensenPortsmouth Sustainable Living Examiner Subscribe Follow:    Related Photo:  UNH Extension Field Specialist George Hamilton discussed the importance of and best techniques to calibrate air blast sprayers Sanne Kure-Jensen USDA Ri State Office   60 Quaker Ln, Warwick, RI Related Ads Agricultural Sprayers Crop Spray Calibration Equipment High Pressure Water Pumps Advertisement  UNH Extension Field Specialist George Hamilton discussed the importance of and best techniques to calibrate air blast sprayers Zoom in December 1, 2013   UNH Extension Field Specialist George Hamilton discussed the importance of and best techniques to calibrate air blast sprayers.

George Hamilton on calibrating air blast sprayers.

NH Extension Field Specialist George Hamilton described why and how to calibrate air blast sprayers. Hamilton spoke at the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) headquarters in Warwick, RI. Hamilton said his Extension office received a calibrating tool thanks to the New England Vegetable & Fruit Growers Association.

Like every pesticide label advises, Hamilton urged farmers and growers to calibrating their sprayer regularly. This will ensure effective, efficient, economical and legal spraying. Poor spray results  is generally caused by poor spray coverage. Overuse of some sprays can lead to unhealthy residues and/or fines.

Hamilton recommends calibrating equipment at the beginning and middle of every growing year – at the minimum. A fresh calibration is needed whenever changing nozzles, operating pressure and/or tractor or trailer wheels. New tractor tires can affect the speed (and tachometer) 10 to 20 percent. [Learn more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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